2009 Clean Air Challenge:
The City of Albuquerque encouraged citizens to pledge to use the
bus, train, walk, bike or carpool from November 2008 thru February 2009
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority conducted a Recharge Demonstration Project in Bear Canyon, an arroyo
in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque. It's goals are to implement
the Authority's existing policy on aquifer storage and recover; to use
San Juan-Chama water to recharge the aquifer; to use the aquifer to
store surplus water and establish a drought reserve; and to establish
the right to recover the recharged groundwater.
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson worked
vigorously to make this state a leader in renewable energy and clean air
One project encouraged by the state’s green-friendly policy
is Mesa del Sol, a new business and residential community currently
under development by Forest City Enterprises, Inc., with sustainability
at the heart of its criteria. It has designated 2,600 acres of land for
renewable energy research and demonstration.
New Mexico has several non-profit associations formed to
promote the use of solar and sustainable energy, to educate the public
about its benefits, and to be an advocate in its behalf to government
institutions, such as:
The Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition, originally funded by the U.S. DOE, now is taking on
independent support. It has coordinated and encouraged the use of
biofuels, renewable energy, and vehicular innovation and efficiency
throughout the state, making these resources both accessible and
affordable to governmental departments, businesses, and individual
Our former governor declared his legislative agenda in the
areas of clean energy and a clean environment, designed to invest in the
tax incentives, biofuels and green buildings that will continue to make
New Mexico the nation’s leader in protecting the environment. It
included a $23 million investment in energy efficiency and green
buildings, a recurring investment for land,
wildlife, and clean energy projects, and $3 million in tax incentives
for biofuels, energy efficient appliances and renewable energy
Windforce, Inc. and Patriot Wind together reached an agreement with the State Land Office to build a wind ranch in New Mexico.
PNM, the electric utility, has the 7th largest wind generation project in the United States. With its commitment to wind energy, the American Wind Energy Association awarded PNM its 2003 Utility Leadership Award.
PNM built a solar facility in 2006, which is a 25-kilowatt solar voltaic system.
Sacred Power Corporation, located in Albuquerque at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, is a Native American owned/operated small business with a charter to provide renewable and distributive energy and telecommunications solutions. Its core partners have over 40 years of renewable and distributive energy experience in all facets of the technologies. These include photovoltaics, both polycrystalline and thin-film, wind turbines, solar hot water systems, solar hot air systems, and other distributive energy systems such as Dish Stirling.
Ecoversity is an educational campus in serving as a demonstration site and community building center for the promotion of sustainable living.
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project is an organization active in a six-state area, including New Mexico, which collaborates with utilities, state agencies, environmental groups, universities, and other energy efficiency specialists to promote energy conservation through state energy legislation, utility energy efficiency programs, building energy codes, analysis of energy efficiency potential, combined heating, cooling, and power systems, and home retrofit. Funding is provided through organizations such as the Energy Foundation, Nevada Power Company, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Albuquerque has a gas station with E85 available – an Ever-Ready Oil Company station located downtown at 1200 1st Street NW.
There is no state tax on the purchase of hybrid automobiles.